Summer BBQ Style: The Essentials for Staying Cool

There’s nothing that says “summer time” more than an outdoor BBQ. Soaking up some warm sunshine, eating great food, and spending time with friends and family make it a favourite social event for the season. Knowing what to wear to your next BBQ shouldn’t be difficult, but striking the right balance for a casual outdoor affair without sacrificing style isn’t always as easy as it seems. Each season gives you a new opportunity to spread your fashion feathers, and summertime is no exception. Here are some simple ways to dress in style (and comfort) for your next summer BBQ.

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How to Wear Monochrome – In Black And White

Simply put, monochrome is the art of building an ensemble primarily using black and white pieces, an approach that has deep roots in fashion history for both men and women. However, whereas in the 17th and 18th centuries monochrome was acceptable only for formal events, the fashionable today hold monochrome in high regard for everything from formal to casual looks. Like the timeless elegance of old black and white movies, monochrome similarly brings a classic touch to any outfit. Many times monochrome is described as a ‘trend’, but this is a look that simply and steadily boasts elegance, explaining its [...]

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Summer Hairstyles for the Classy Woman

Suffering from a sweaty neck during the torturous midday heat of a summer’s day is unpleasant, to say the least. Do you sometimes resort to throwing your hair up into some kind of unstructured bun, with whatever you may have on hand (rubber band, kids scrunchie …), which then ends up looking like you’ve just come from a gym with no mirrors? Welcome to the sweaty neck club. But classy updos are not always something that you have to book in for at a hairdressers. Most styles are easy to master in front of your own mirror or, if the [...]

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The Women’s Guide to Dress Codes

Dress codes are an age-old tradition that we cling on to in our busy, event-ridden lives. But they are something that we should welcome as a friend, not see as an enemy to our wardrobe freedom! Yes, it can be annoying when a host requires everyone to go out and quickly find an appropriate ball gown for a black tie event, however without dress codes we’d be lost in a sea of outfit choices. It means we’re never under or overdressed, however you do need to make sure you know how to interpret said codes. Despite some newer, made-up themes [...]

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Style Inspiration: 10 Women’s Fashion Feeds to Follow on Instagram

Let’s be honest, the first thing most of us do when our alarm trills is pry our eyes open with the help of our little rectangular friends with their bright screens, so what better way to sort out what you’re going to wear that day than by scrolling through pictures of impeccably dressed women? Instagram has not only spawned a whole generation of people obsessed with taking filtered pictures of their daily jaunts, it has also created a handy visual portal for those of us who want to know how to “farshon”. Simply by following big name models, fashion houses [...]

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Casual Friday Office Politics: How Casual Can You Go?

Casual Fridays. A day that strikes both pleasure and fear into most employees’ well-suited hearts. There’s usually a no-nonsense dress code that is to be followed Monday-Thursday, but when it comes to Casual Friday, office dwellers are left to their own devices. Panic ensues. How casual is too casual? Can I wear gym gear? (The answer here is, of course, no – but we’ll get to that later). The word “casual” can be interpreted in many different ways. And let’s be honest, in some workplaces it is. But there are boundaries, people. No matter how much you were looking forward [...]

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Earn Your Fashion Stripes: How to Wear La Marinière

Coco Chanel is credited with bringing la marinière, or the Breton shirt, to the masses. But its origins are somewhat more down to earth and its first models chose catfish over catwalks. La marinière began life as the sartorial choice for fishermen working along the coastline of Breton. This fisherman’s friend was said to be particularly visible when surrounded by water thanks to its high contrast stripes, making it invaluable in man overboard situations.

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Looking Effortless: How to Pull Off Normcore, the New Anti-Trend

Is everyone around you starting to look the same? But it’s not a certain colour they’re working, or a must-have accessory that everyone’s brandishing. They’re not all wearing their baseball caps backwards. But still, there’s a definite unification. You could spend all day trying to work out what it is that they’ve all got in common, but what a waste of time that would be. That time would be far better spent picking up the look for yourself.

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Style Icon: Dita Von Teese

Dita Von Teese is an American burlesque dancer, model, costume designer, entrepreneur, and occasional actress. However, what she is most famous for is her unique sense of style and ability to choose clothing that perfectly compliments her hourglass figure. What’s more, she’s an inspiration to the rest of us mere mortals that achieving Hollywood glamour doesn’t mean having a personal stylist or hair care specialist perfecting a look. Von Teese doesn’t work with a stylist and even dyes her own hair. She’s also not one for following the crowd. Her workout regime to maintain her womanly figure includes horse dressage [...]

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Horizontal vs Vertical Stripes: Which is Right for Your Body Type?

When it comes to fashion, one size does not fit all. This is especially true when you are talking about stripes. Stripes come in all different widths, lengths, colour and depth, not to mention horizontal and vertical. How you wear your stripes can greatly alter your overall appearance. Not all body shapes are created equal, and the key to honing your personal style is knowing what complements your size and shape. Whether you’re male or female, the same rule applies: Dress right for your body type. For the Ladies Apple shape: Apples carry most of their weight in their midsection, [...]

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